Update: In Ithaca, “Sisterhood” is Pronounced “No Muffin Tops”

11436_714085504765_431085_41019556_2445393_n-1So this is how the Burn Book scene in Mean Girls happens! After this week’s post on Cornell’s strict guidelines for its aspiring sorority princesses, an anonymous tipster exclusively sent IvyGate six pages of fashion guidelines for aspiring rushes, from Cornell sorority Pi Phi’s rush chair. (By way of context, Pi Phi’s 2008-09 Executive Board is pictured at right.) It’s a document containing multitudes: sometimes it’s really encouraging!

“Blazers: Yes, please! I love a casual top with a cool boyfriend blazer over it.”

This encouragement to wear your best boyfriend blazer represents the promise of Pi Phi, whose mission statement indicates its goal:

“to promote friendship, develop women of intellect and integrity, cultivate leadership potential and enrich lives through community service.”

Most times, though, it is less than that! We applaud Cornell for making every one of our sorority stereotypes come so vividly to life (Pi Phi’s Cornell chapter President didn’t respond to our request for an interview last night, so we’re operating on a stereotypical basis and feeling good about it), and to the commenter who said, on our previous post:

“Sadly, there’s something especially fake and pathetic about many of the girls on East Hill these days. Fortunately, these are the same girls who really seek an MRS more than an MBA or MD.”

This is laying it on a little thick, naturally — especially given that these girls are trying to look good for one another, not for men. But judge for yourself! After the jump, we’ll begin our four-part serialization of the Pi Phi fashion guide, with one part of the beauty equation: clothing for the initial rounds of rush. And remember:

“If you’re wearing cheapo shoes, make sure they don’t look it.”

Viva la Pi Phi Plastics! Read on after the jump for more from the fashion KGB.

CLOTHING.

Round I & II: “Casual chic”

Bottoms:

Yes:

  • Medium-to-dark or black skinny or straight jeans
  • Dark skinny or straight cords
  • “Denim-legging” is appropriate as long as it’s done right: aka, not from American Apparel and worn with chic, cool chunky boots over them and a longer top. NO camel toe.

No:

  • Super “Flared leg” pants
  • Cropped pants. Ugh.
  • Bleached/very light or TORN jeans I don’t care if they’re in style.
  • Khakis
  • Leggings worn as pants
  • Muffin tops or extreme low rise!!

Tops:

Yes:

  • Blouses: flowy, pretty material.
  • Sweaters or other long-sleeved shirts, V or Crew.
  • Cardigans (with longer tank top under preferably)
  • Blazers: Yes, please! I love a casual top with a cool boyfriend blazer over it

No:

  • Summer pattern/colors, too tight or too short shirts or blouses!
  • Low-cut
  • Sleeveless
  • Tank tops
  • Frumpy
  • Preferably no short sleeves– recommended: full coverage aka elbow length, 3/4 length, long, thin layers.

Shoes:

Yes:

  • Nice flats: Tory Burch, etc. More evening-ish, understated. Patent leather good.
  • Heels: mid-height. This round is still “casual”, so no sky-high hooker heels! I’m thinking mid-height Mary Jane heels, or mid-height chunky kate spade, etc.
  • Boots: love. Chunky or simple/elegant, heel on the lower side to flat. Worn OVER pants.

No:

  • Open-toed!
  • WHITE
  • Strappy
  • High-heeled/going out boots.
  • If you’re wearing cheapo shoes, make sure they don’t look it.

Coming tomorrow: What to wear on “Skit & Philanthropy” and “Preference” Nights… if you still want to be a Pi Phi. And who wouldn’t, really?

  • whatever

    i dont think sororities are like paying for friends. i never thought i would join one but rushed since all my friends were and ended up liking it. its more like when you are at a huge school it can be difficult to adjust to not having a close group of friends that are always together, like you probably had at high school. instead friends are scattered all over the place and a lot of your time is spent alone. a sorority gives you a house that you can come back to, somewhere you can be comfortable with with a warm, home-like atmosphere.

    also, at a huge school its kind of hard to meet people. like you probably make friends with people on your floor and in some of your smaller classes, but most are huge lectures and on top of that there are so many people, the majority of whom you will never come in close contact with. if you join a sorority its like you become part of a network of people, who you probably would never have otherwise met. you might not be great friends with all of them, but by meeting and living with them you will probably find some of them to be cool people and become good friends with those ones.

    so if anything you are paying 1. to live in a house 2. for food and 3. dues to afford social events to become part of a social network where you can meet new people in a smaller setting who you never would have met, learn more about them, and probably find a few girls out of 30-40 to be good friends with.

  • whatever

    i dont think sororities are like paying for friends. i never thought i would join one but rushed since all my friends were and ended up liking it. its more like when you are at a huge school it can be difficult to adjust to not having a close group of friends that are always together, like you probably had at high school. instead friends are scattered all over the place and a lot of your time is spent alone. a sorority gives you a house that you can come back to, somewhere you can be comfortable with with a warm, home-like atmosphere.

    also, at a huge school its kind of hard to meet people. like you probably make friends with people on your floor and in some of your smaller classes, but most are huge lectures and on top of that there are so many people, the majority of whom you will never come in close contact with. if you join a sorority its like you become part of a network of people, who you probably would never have otherwise met. you might not be great friends with all of them, but by meeting and living with them you will probably find some of them to be cool people and become good friends with those ones.

    so if anything you are paying 1. to live in a house 2. for food and 3. dues to afford social events to become part of a social network where you can meet new people in a smaller setting who you never would have met, learn more about them, and probably find a few girls out of 30-40 to be good friends with.

  • Lisa

    What’s wrong with expecting your sisters to look cute, fashionable and well groomed? Recruitment is competitive. The goal is to have the best quality women chose your chapter, not to scare them away with slovenly ugs.

  • Lisa

    What’s wrong with expecting your sisters to look cute, fashionable and well groomed? Recruitment is competitive. The goal is to have the best quality women chose your chapter, not to scare them away with slovenly ugs.

  • hah

    leggings, ugg boots, northface, longchamp nylon tote, white cap embroidered in greek letters do not exude fashion prowess or well-groomedness. Sorority girls really have no room to judge other people’s fashion sense when all they do is try to look like clones of each other day after day after day. Sorry but fashion is based on creativity and not uniformity, you don’t become a fashion designer or fashion icon by producing the exact same things as someone else…

  • hah

    leggings, ugg boots, northface, longchamp nylon tote, white cap embroidered in greek letters do not exude fashion prowess or well-groomedness. Sorority girls really have no room to judge other people’s fashion sense when all they do is try to look like clones of each other day after day after day. Sorry but fashion is based on creativity and not uniformity, you don’t become a fashion designer or fashion icon by producing the exact same things as someone else…

  • research

    I am in the greek system and I did academic research on sorority women. While the wording in this seems a little superficial, if you look past all of those stereotypes you have of sorority girls you might be able to see other reasons behind this. No sorority girl or pnm will argue that rush is not superficial you have to decide if you are compatible in just a few days. As shallow as it is, first impressions make a huge difference in a group you wish to belong to not just sororities. I find this article very interesting since gender representations and fashion rules where what I researched, however I hardly think that telling girls how to dress so they make a good impression points to the fact that these girls only went to an Ivy League school to get married.

  • research

    I am in the greek system and I did academic research on sorority women. While the wording in this seems a little superficial, if you look past all of those stereotypes you have of sorority girls you might be able to see other reasons behind this. No sorority girl or pnm will argue that rush is not superficial you have to decide if you are compatible in just a few days. As shallow as it is, first impressions make a huge difference in a group you wish to belong to not just sororities. I find this article very interesting since gender representations and fashion rules where what I researched, however I hardly think that telling girls how to dress so they make a good impression points to the fact that these girls only went to an Ivy League school to get married.

  • Cornell grad

    Does anyone know the name of the rush chair? Pics? Would like to approve her outfit.

  • Cornell grad

    Does anyone know the name of the rush chair? Pics? Would like to approve her outfit.

  • Katie

    It’s girls like this that give my sorority and others a bad name. It a load of crap to make these girls dress a certain way. If you tell a girl exactly the way to dress and exactly the way to act…how can you tell who should really be a part of your sorotiy. I am a part of a different sorority on a different campus and we would never provide guidelines. These girls know they are making a first impression and they dress how they want to that describes them as a person. Who are we to judge that. My sorority is full of absolutely gorgeous women and we just went through recruitment and we have the potentional of getting some of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen go through recruitment. We pick them for who they are and my sorority stands for being who you are always. Fashion changes all the time. Some girl they comes to your recruitment could show up in an outfit that you find “not in style” for the moment and then a year from now you are emailing your PNM’s a list of your dress code including this style that a girl was wearing from last year. YOU LOOK LIKE AN ASS! I would never want to be part of a conformist group like yourself. Why do you think so many people judge us and say the worst things about you. I’m sure your Nationals will be all over this because your founders didn’t base your purpose and statements to live by based upon dress code. You are the bitches that give us REAL sorority women a bad name. You are a disgrace to your own sorority, your alumni, your founders, and the entire greek system. I go to a expensive school too, and you can call your asses ivy league but you are still trailer trash no matter how much money you spend to be in a sorority group. Girls going through recruitment…find somewhere else!

  • Katie

    It’s girls like this that give my sorority and others a bad name. It a load of crap to make these girls dress a certain way. If you tell a girl exactly the way to dress and exactly the way to act…how can you tell who should really be a part of your sorotiy. I am a part of a different sorority on a different campus and we would never provide guidelines. These girls know they are making a first impression and they dress how they want to that describes them as a person. Who are we to judge that. My sorority is full of absolutely gorgeous women and we just went through recruitment and we have the potentional of getting some of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen go through recruitment. We pick them for who they are and my sorority stands for being who you are always. Fashion changes all the time. Some girl they comes to your recruitment could show up in an outfit that you find “not in style” for the moment and then a year from now you are emailing your PNM’s a list of your dress code including this style that a girl was wearing from last year. YOU LOOK LIKE AN ASS! I would never want to be part of a conformist group like yourself. Why do you think so many people judge us and say the worst things about you. I’m sure your Nationals will be all over this because your founders didn’t base your purpose and statements to live by based upon dress code. You are the bitches that give us REAL sorority women a bad name. You are a disgrace to your own sorority, your alumni, your founders, and the entire greek system. I go to a expensive school too, and you can call your asses ivy league but you are still trailer trash no matter how much money you spend to be in a sorority group. Girls going through recruitment…find somewhere else!

  • anongirl

    These outfits do not sound very hot. I have a hard time imagining how one would avoid frumpy while following the rules.

    Long-sleeved cocktail dress? Constant clunky/chunky heels? Doesn’t sound like what I consider to be stylish.

    Are they not-hot on purpose?

    List gets lazy in the later segments…”skirt that’s, like, fancier than that last category.”

    I agree w/ Katie. Incoming girls are more likely to be up on trends, and forcing the list…it’s a missed opportunity to see someone’s own sense of style.

    Is this about generating future office ladies? Blech.

  • anongirl

    These outfits do not sound very hot. I have a hard time imagining how one would avoid frumpy while following the rules.

    Long-sleeved cocktail dress? Constant clunky/chunky heels? Doesn’t sound like what I consider to be stylish.

    Are they not-hot on purpose?

    List gets lazy in the later segments…”skirt that’s, like, fancier than that last category.”

    I agree w/ Katie. Incoming girls are more likely to be up on trends, and forcing the list…it’s a missed opportunity to see someone’s own sense of style.

    Is this about generating future office ladies? Blech.

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  • Anti-Camel Tow

    This are pretty much rules that all women should follow.. It’s basically pulled out of an issue of Vogue.

    These magazines makes Do and DO Not rules for women every month…

    And I agree chunky heels scream ‘matching mom jeans’ to me! haha

  • Anti-Camel Tow

    This are pretty much rules that all women should follow.. It’s basically pulled out of an issue of Vogue.

    These magazines makes Do and DO Not rules for women every month…

    And I agree chunky heels scream ‘matching mom jeans’ to me! haha

  • alumni06

    Everyone needs to relax. This is funny. Most sororities do this for recruitment aka all the matching tshirts. It’s just a way to look like a cohesive group. The rounds have themes, and these come down all the way to clothing. Something most of you Greek outsiders should understand is that people judge you instantly based on appearance. It is unfortunate but a reality of our society. Some things I told my sisters, wear lipgloss, no pony tails, contacts if you have them. I support you Cornell Pi Phi’s! Who cares that you wanted to match!

  • alumni06

    Everyone needs to relax. This is funny. Most sororities do this for recruitment aka all the matching tshirts. It’s just a way to look like a cohesive group. The rounds have themes, and these come down all the way to clothing. Something most of you Greek outsiders should understand is that people judge you instantly based on appearance. It is unfortunate but a reality of our society. Some things I told my sisters, wear lipgloss, no pony tails, contacts if you have them. I support you Cornell Pi Phi’s! Who cares that you wanted to match!

  • Grace

    I’m in a sorority at another school, and this is REALLY not bad at all. If you look at the original document, this was intended as a guideline for MEMBERS of pi beta phi about how to dress during formal recruitment. They were not demanding that incoming rushees wear any of this. Also, if you are in a sorority, you know that EVERY house has some form of this packet that is issued to all active members before rush. It’s required. The rush chair from cornell is clearly trying to actually write one with a little humor in it to make reading what is usually a very tedious and long-winded document a little more amusing. I can’t imagine that any of you bashing on sororities here would prefer that the women instead promote mustaches and camel toes. This is a formal process, it has a dress code, and it looks more professional if everyone’s outfits are cohesive. It’s no different than a sports team having uniforms that they wear to competition. Unfortunately, people are a lot more likely to balk at such guidelines when they are filed under “sorority” than anything else. To all those who make fun of the “north face jacket, leggings, ugg boot, Longchamp tote” uniform of a sorority girl, I’m sorry it clashes with your “sweat pants, tacky gym sneakers, oversized t-shirt, fanny-pack, and three screaming kids” uniform that you clearly choose instead. These are college students, they have classes to go to and studying to do, and don’t waste time picking out some couture outfit to go to Poli Sci 101 in. Can you claim to be any better? You’re adults. Get a life.

  • Grace

    I’m in a sorority at another school, and this is REALLY not bad at all. If you look at the original document, this was intended as a guideline for MEMBERS of pi beta phi about how to dress during formal recruitment. They were not demanding that incoming rushees wear any of this. Also, if you are in a sorority, you know that EVERY house has some form of this packet that is issued to all active members before rush. It’s required. The rush chair from cornell is clearly trying to actually write one with a little humor in it to make reading what is usually a very tedious and long-winded document a little more amusing. I can’t imagine that any of you bashing on sororities here would prefer that the women instead promote mustaches and camel toes. This is a formal process, it has a dress code, and it looks more professional if everyone’s outfits are cohesive. It’s no different than a sports team having uniforms that they wear to competition. Unfortunately, people are a lot more likely to balk at such guidelines when they are filed under “sorority” than anything else. To all those who make fun of the “north face jacket, leggings, ugg boot, Longchamp tote” uniform of a sorority girl, I’m sorry it clashes with your “sweat pants, tacky gym sneakers, oversized t-shirt, fanny-pack, and three screaming kids” uniform that you clearly choose instead. These are college students, they have classes to go to and studying to do, and don’t waste time picking out some couture outfit to go to Poli Sci 101 in. Can you claim to be any better? You’re adults. Get a life.

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  • traveler2810

    Katie, you sound like a jealous bit** who got dropped from Pi Phi.

  • traveler2810

    Katie, you sound like a jealous bit** who got dropped from Pi Phi.

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